In our house hold we love fermenting all year long, but summer is extra special. Our favorites this summer have been:
Roasted green chili (far left)
Kimchi (not shown)
Mead with an apple finish
Yogurt (just Wendy)
This picture is from my morning run. I ran into this rather large, green rattlesnake at about 3 miles out just short of where I had intended to turn around to head home. When I saw him, and after he rattled at me, I texted Mikey who was ahead of me by about a mile. I cut my run short and headed back rather than try to cross him. About a half mile back down the dirt road I saw a second rattler. Yikes.
On the upside, this means they'll soon be returning to their ancient winter dens. Night night.
First I perused the site for jewelry designers whose work I liked. Then I wrote to four of them asking if they would work with my gold and stones. I chose pieces they'd already been making and asked for a quotes. All four wrote back. Their prices were fairly in line with each other so I picked the one with domestic shipping that I had the best rapport with. I sent off the first set of scraps yesterday. First I photographed the pieces and in one photo I showed the weight of the gold so we'd have a record of it. Whatever is not used on this project can be saved for another. I learned that when gold is melted there's a small loss due to the process that cleans or distills it, something that must be done to make the gold reusable.
This is yet another form of reuse which feels great. It has made previously unaffordable jewelry available to me at a price I can handle. I also love paying just for the time and work of the artist. I'll post again when my first piece is finished and comes in.
(PIC: I started off with a ring blank that is 14k white gold, and an antique ring with a diamond that was busted in too many places to fix, an apx 7grams and the one stone)
Last year I made my first tote handbag out of luxurious rattan upholstery fabric. I loved it so much that I just made another one for autumn /winter. I knew it was time to take on this project because I was craving mathematical and 3D challenges. So I put on some jazz and went to it.
The first bag I had made and loved, I had the habit of wearing as a backpack, which I did by slipping my arms through the two handles. This time around I set out to design a bag that could convert to a backpack. The way I'd been wearing it had left my bag wide open and me vulnerable to loosing things or the unlikely pick pocket.
For the new version I used the same rattan, only in darker colors. The addition of two snaps was all that was needed for the conversion: the first snap was placed near the bottom of the bag on it's external side. It snaps mid way up the same side of the bag. This immediately changes the shape of the bag. The second snap is inside at the top edge of the bag, it brings the two narrow sides of the bag together. This one closes the bag so contents don't fall out.
I also added an inner pocket with a flap so things stay put, and I sewed this pocket in such a way that it seconds as a horizontal pen slot that holds two pens. I lined the bag with almond colored fleece that I doubled on the bottom which gives the bag some shape holding power and lets it stand up on it's own. I like the light color because it makes it easier to see whats inside. I'm super happy with how it came out.
One of the signs that summer is coming to a end for us is when the Rio Grande gets turned off. There is not exact date as it is based on the amount of water Texas is allotted. It's bitter sweet losing our rope swing and tubing trips, but at the same time we can easily cross the low river to reach our favorite running spots. Today was a 4.5 mile out and back up the mountain. We only saw one rattle snake in the middle of the trail.
I'm sure glad we fixed our own washing machine last week. While in Flagstaff I kept thinking, I could have paid someone to fix that machine, bought a new one or I could spend my money at great restaurants in Flagstaff which is much more fun! Our favorite three were: Pizzicletta for moderately priced thin crust sliced pizza, Diablo Burger for a seriously local and organic burger paired with local wine in generous portions, and Tinderbox for pricey creative fine dining that's worth every nickel.
We really enjoyed running in Buffalo Park. There is a sweet groomed 2 mile loop that connects up to a network of 45 miles of trails. We should have done more research in advance to learn their trail network that links up to Buffalo Park.